Death in Saratoga Springs
This mystery is set in 1894 Saratoga Springs, New York, a posh resort town for the rich and famous. Private investigator Pamela Thompson and her employer, Jeremiah Prescott, an attorney in New York City, arrive in the small town to search for a young black maid who was abducted from her home, possibly by the local community’s leading citizen, Captain Jed Crake. Captain Crake is a former Union officer and wealthy meatpacking mogul. Soon after they arrive in Saratoga Springs, Captain Crake is mysteriously murdered, and our sleuths now try to solve his murder, along with learning the whereabouts of the missing maid.
This book is the second in the Gilded Age Mystery series, although this book can be read as a stand-alone story. The period detail reveals the author’s knowledge of this era. An absorbing blend of mystery and history, the book has a fast-paced plot. The lead character, Pamela Thompson, manages to carry the story as the plot thickens. An entertaining read and a series I highly recommend for mystery lovers.